College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison

EP Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems Tristan T. Utschig

Graduate Student, Fusion Technology

428 Engineering Reseach Building
1500 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 263-1608


Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics

BS/MS 1994 - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests
fusion reactor design, Li/He/H2O thermochemical interactions, fusion reactor heat transfer systems

Centers and Consortia
Fusion Technology Institute
Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems

Selected Awards and Honors
Destination: Mars, Project Winner - 1988
James P. Elko Memorial Scholarship - 1991
Progress and Development Chieftancy-Leklebi Traditional Area, Ghana - 1996

Additional Experience

Mr. Utschig's first research interest is fusion reactor design. This includes both magnetic confinement schemes and inertial confinement schemes. Fusion reactor systems studies must incorporate everything from plasma operating parameters to heat removal systems to materials considerations.

Mr. Utschig is also interested in lithium and its interactions with helium and water. Fusion reactors utilize all of these materials at extreme differences in temperature. The high chemical reactivity of Li and vast temperature differences between these materials leads to potentially explosive, damaging interactions. Mr. Utschig is adapting the MELCOR computer code to model such interactions.

Mr. Utschig's final research interest is fusion reactor heat transfer systems. A previous project analyzed the capability for removal of heat from the buffer gas in the LIBRA-LiTE ICF design.

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